The Buddha of Brewer Street

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Michael Dobbs’ latest political hero, Thomas Goodfellowe MP, makes his second appearance in a compelling new novel by the country’s leading political thriller writer.

In the bestselling Goodfellowe MP, Michael Dobbs introduced Thomas Goodfellowe, a backbench MP with a tumultuous private life and a talent for asking awkward questions, whose concern for ordinary people and determination to expose abuses of power – inside and outside Westminster – have a habit of thrusting him into conflict with the mightiest forces in the land – regardless of the personal cost.

In Goodfellowe MP he took on a powerful newspaper baron. Now Goodfellowe is caught up in a compelling international power game played all the way from the mountains of Tibet to the back streets of Soho. At its centre is the search for a child whose fate may decide the future not only of a nation but of an entire religion – the Dalai Lama.

For the Tibetans who seek his latest reincarnation, he is a figure of immense importance: the temporal head of their country and the spiritual leader of all Tibetan Buddhists. Also seeking him are the Chinese, who see an opportunity to suppress the Tibetan independence movement by finding the child first, and replacing him with their own puppet figure.

It is as the long trail leads to the Tibetan community in Britain, and to the streets around his home in Soho, that Thomas Goodfellowe becomes involved in an affair that threatens to escalate into an international crisis.

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‘Goodfellowe is a modern political hero with all the welcome weaknesses we expect… Michael Dobbs does for Westminster skulduggery what Agatha Christie did for the country house murder. He knows what we like and he knows how to spin a rattling good yarn.’
Gyles Brandreth, Sunday Express

‘Splendid, as good as anything Dobbs has done.’
Sunday Telegraph

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Michael Dobbs’ acclaimed new hero, Thomas Goodfellowe MP, returns in a compelling novel of political and diplomatic intrigue.

In the best-selling 'Goodfellowe MP', Michael Dobbs introduced Thomas Goodfellowe, a backbench MP with a tumultuous private life and a talent for asking awkward questions, whose concern for ordinary people and determination to expose abuses of power – inside and outside Westminster – have a habit of thrusting him into conflict with the mightiest forces in the land – regardless of the personal cost.

In 'Goodfellowe MP' he took on a powerful newspaper baron. Now Goodfellowe is caught up in an international power game played all the way from the mountains of Tibet to the back streets of Soho. At its centre is the search for a child whose fate may decide the future of not only a nation but an entire religion – the Dalai Lama.

For the Tibetans who seek his latest reincarnation, he is a figure of immense importance: the temporal head of their country and the spiritual leader of all Tibetan Buddhists. For the Chinese, he offers an opportunity to deal a serious blow to the Tibetan independence movement – if they can find the child first and replace him with their own puppet figure.

It is as the long trail leads to the Tibetan community in Britain, and to the streets around his home in London’s Chinatown, that Thomas Goodfellowe becomes involved in an affair that threatens to escalate into an international crisis.

“Splendid, as good as anything Dobbs has done.”
SUNDAY TELEGRAPH

“Goodfellowe is a modern political hero with all the welcome weaknesses we expect… The fun ( and there’s plenty of it) comes from watching honest Tom struggling with his own frailties and battling against the massed ranks of base politicians and a debased media… Michael Dobbs does for Westminster skulduggery what Agatha Christie did for the country house murder. He knows what we like and he knows how to spin a rattling good yarn.”
GYLES BRANDRETH, 'Sunday Express'

“Eventful and entertaining… a truly exciting Mounties-to-the-rescue climax.”
GERALD KAUFMAN, 'Daily Telegraph'

“John Osborne was the first of the ‘angry young men’. He had an immense talent and a powerful message. Michael Dobbs is yet another ‘angry young man’. A rattling good yarn which I read with a pleasure that will be shared by many a reader.”
JULIAN CRITCHLEY, 'Evening Standard'

“Dobbs uses his inside-track knowledge of Westminsterial machinations to spirited effect. An enjoyable read, coupled with authentic insight.”
SUNDAY TIMES

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